Continuing their quest for the Key to Time, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 travel to the cold planet Calufrax, but the TARDIS lands somewhere else instead - right time, right place, but wrong planet. It's a curious world ruled with an iron fist (somewhat literally) by the cybernetic space pirate known as The Captain and littered with the rarest gemstones in the galaxy. As the Doctor tries to get an accurate sense of the place (and find Calufrax), one of the planet's younger citizens, suffering nightmares of a sort, becomes the target of a group of monk-like telepaths. Written by
Daniel Williamson / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
The production of "The Pirate Planet" was treated to a visit by Louise Jameson
, who had played Leela until the end of the previous season. Jameson stopped by to visit Pennant Roberts
as well as her successor, Mary Tamm
, whom she knew from their days together at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. See more
[the Captain is unimpressed with a mining report
Tah! Baubles! Baubles! Dross and baubles! We must find Visilium. We must find Madranite 1-5.
Well, sir, we have located a new source.
That's what caused the delay, Captain. We wanted to be absolutely certain. It's in an unexpected sector. Here, let me show you this chart.
[the Captain glances at it, then tosses it aside
We'll mine it. Make immediate preparations.
Well, there is something rather curious, Captain. Uh, here is ...